The Chambertin-Clos de Bèze AOC
is a Grand Cru appellation of the Côte de Nuits in the Côte-d'Or, exclusively produced in the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. Clos de Bèze first appears in local history in 640 AD. It remained the property of the “abbaye bourguignonne” until 1219 when it was passed to the Canons of Langres who retained ownership until 1789. Chambertin once shared imperial approval with Clos de Bèze: it has been known by this name since the 13th century. The Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
appellation was granted Grand Cru status by decree of 31 July 1937.
Gevrey-Chambertin lies alongside the Route des Grand Crus which runs from the Combes of Lavaux to Morey-Saint-Denis. This long hillside lies on hard rocks: on the upper portion are brown soils, partly alluvial, partly gravelly scree, some tens centimetres deep. Lower down are limestone soils with variable clay content. The Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru vineyards, which cover only 14.5 hectares, grow at between 240 and 280 metres altitude and face due east. Production of Chambertin-Clos de Bèze is only around 60,000 bottles per year.
The Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru wines are exclusively red from the Pinot Noir. They display a lively red hue ranging from deep ruby to black-cherry. Power, opulence and elegance come together on the palate to compose a full and complex body, full of sap and voluptuous flesh, which needs at least 10 years laying down in the cellar. The wines from Domaine Chanson Père & Fils, Domaine Dominique Laurent, Domaine Faiveley and Bouchard Père et Fils illustrate the exceptional quality of the Chambertin-Clos de Bèze appellation.